Incredible Romania!

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First: The eBook sale is over. Thanks to everyone who purchased them, the response was a very pleasant surprise. To those who missed out – I may have another special some time down the line, so check the blog for details.

I’ve been in Romania for about a week. A lot of strong first impressions, but the recurring themes are awe and frustration.

I can’t think of many other places with such photogenic faces and landscapes, that’s the good part.  The frustrating part is that I really haven’t done any meaningful photography since I’ve been here. Language and shitty weather have been my biggest obstacles. While I was in Sibiu, one of Romania’s prettiest towns, the cloudy skies and flat light sucked out almost all of the town’s beauty. The clouds also hid the snow peaks of the mountains, I didn’t even know they existed, until the skies cleared a little on my way to Brasov, another picturesque Romanian town.

Finally my inability to speak Romanian has made it next to impossible to communicate in villages, the places where my ideal subjects live, where I want to do most of my shooting.

So far the trip has been much more about getting a feel for the country than anything else. I’m trying to see whether this is a place I’d like to return to, to dig deep and attempt to capture imagery, which I am sure one cannot find in too many other places on the planet. So far I haven’t seen enough, but I have been teased by getting a glimpse of potentially amazing scenarios and looking at the work of a couple of Romanian photographers.

One is Vlad Dumitrescu, a talented young photographer friend I met on OneX and later in person.  I’m actually typing this entry from his apartment. You can see his images HERE. The other is someone Vlad introduced me to – Sorin Onisor. I think he has become one of my new favorite photographers and his images have brought me to the verge of madness, thinking about the amazing photo opportunities that exist here. You can see Sorin’s work HERE. Doesn’t seem like the English version works, but the pictures are what matters, so do yourselves a favor and look at Romania through the eyes of someone who really understands this country.

I had some car trouble recently, but after forking out one fourth of the car’s cost to replace the clutch I am set to go spend some time in a small countryside village, one of very few non-commercialized villages here in Transylvania. It’ll be interesting to see what happens, hopefully  I can come up with something interesting and put up something more than the image you see of me at the top of the cart (taken by Vlad).

Ok folks, back soon.

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5 Responses to “Incredible Romania!”

  1. João Gomes Says:

    wow

    I was looking at the picture and I was thinking “hmm… this remembers me Romania” and then I read the text (and the title… duh) and I noticed that it was really a picture from Romania! 😀

    One year ago I bought a very cheap flight ticket (6 months before :P) and I spent 10 days traveling through Romania and a little bit of Bulgaria. After that, I returned one more time to Bucharest for a conference.
    So… I can assure you: there are many… really many things about Romania that people may not like (myself included), but there it possible to find special atmospheres, urban and not urban contexts, people and incredible scenarios that can result in wonderful photographies!

    Actually, many people think they have to travel to India, Africa, South America and other places to find really interesting atmospheres.
    But I studied half a year in east europe and I had the chance to travel though many amazing places.

    I think you should return to Romania and get amazing pictures!
    🙂

  2. Mitchell Says:

    João, thanks for the comment. Agreed, no need to travel to Asia or Africa for special images. Eastern Europe is full of great photo opportunities, but so is almost any place, we just have to find them. Importantly though, it’s about enjoying what we’re doing and a lot of those who travel, myself included, we love to experience the foreignness of other cultures, I guess that’s a big part of why we travel.

  3. Romania through the eyes of an Australian photographer « All Romanians are vampires Says:

    […] You can read the full entry about Maramures here. Might want to check out his previous two articles too, the one on Holbav, a forgotten Transylvanian village, here, and some introductory impressions here. […]

  4. Yuriy Poluckiy Says:

    Hi from Grodno.Come back to Belarus! were you want! We will glad to see you in Grodno!!!

  5. Mitchell Says:

    Spasibo! 🙂

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